Frequently Asked Questions

The dentists at King Street Dental have answered some of most frequently asked question by our patients and about oral health general. Look through all of King Street Dentals Resources below. If you have any questions or require immediate assistance, please do not hesitate to get into contact with us today.

Dental FAQs

Select your Category . The King Street Dental Team have answered some of the most commonly asked questions by our visitors.

Dental Procedures and Treatments

What is a root canal Treatment?

A root canal treatment is a dental procedure that removes the diseased or injured pulp from the interior of a tooth, leaving the tooth structure intact. The pulp is the soft tissue inside the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels.

Root canals treatments are often necessary when decay or infection reaches the pulp. If left untreated, this can lead to pain, swelling, and even loss of the tooth. A root canal treatment removes the pulp, cleans and seals the interior of the tooth to prevent further infection. After a root canal treatment is completed, a crown or other type of restoration is usually recommended to protect the weakened tooth from further damage. We have a whole page on our website dedicated to root canals treatment, go check it out!

What are dental veneers?

Veneers are thin, tooth-coloured porcelain or ceramic shells that are bonded to the front surfaces of teeth. They can be used to correct a wide variety of dental problems, including crooked teeth, discolored teeth, and worn teeth. Veneers can also be used to close small gaps between teeth or make teeth look longer.

Veneers are not as strong as natural tooth enamel, so they should only be used to correct cosmetic problems. They also require regular maintenance, such as professional cleaning and polishing, to keep them looking their best. Check out our page on veneers for more information

What is a clear-aligner?

Clear-aligner is an orthodontic system used to correct teeth alignment. It consists of a series of aligners that are custom-made for your teeth, and each aligner moves your teeth just a little bit closer to the desired position. Over time, this gentle movement shifts your entire bite into alignment.

Clear-aligners are a popular choice among adults because it's discrete and doesn't require the use of metal braces. It's also removable, which means you can eat and drink whatever you want without having to worry about food getting caught in your braces. They are a great option for people who want straighter teeth but don't want to deal with the hassle of traditional braces.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays are safe when they're used appropriately. The amount of radiation exposure from a dental X-ray is very low. In fact, it's about the same as the amount of radiation you're exposed to during a normal day.

What are fillings?

A filling is a restoration used to fill a hole that has been created in a tooth, usually as the result of decay. Fillings are used to restore the appearance and function of teeth. The most common type of dental fillings are made from a composite resin, which is composed of plastic and glass.

The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then clean and shape the tooth cavity. The composite resin is then placed into the cavity and molded into place. A curing light is then used to harden the resin. Finally, the dentist will polish the filling to match the surrounding teeth. If you want to find out more, check out our fillings page.

Are dental X-rays safe?

Dental X-rays are safe when they're used appropriately. The amount of radiation exposure from a dental X-ray is very low. In fact, it's about the same as the amount of radiation you're exposed to during a normal day.

What are fillings?

A filling is a restoration used to fill a hole that has been created in a tooth, usually as the result of decay. Fillings are used to restore the appearance and function of teeth. The most common type of dental fillings are made from a composite resin, which is composed of plastic and glass.

The dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then clean and shape the tooth cavity. The composite resin is then placed into the cavity and molded into place. A curing light is then used to harden the resin. Finally, the dentist will polish the filling to match the surrounding teeth. If you want to find out more, check out our fillings page.

Dental Hygiene

What Type Of Toothbrush Should I Use?

There are two common forms of toothbrushes: electric and manual. Both are effective when used appropriately.

For a more in-depth comparison between eclectic and manual toothbrushes, check out our article on the debate here.

What type of toothpaste should I Use?

There are a lot of toothpastes out there, and it can be tough to decide which one is best for you. In general, you want to look for a toothpaste that contains fluoride.

There are many different types of fluoride-containing toothpastes available, so you should be able to find one that suits your needs. If you have sensitive teeth, for example, you may want to try a toothpaste that is designed for sensitive teeth. If you are looking for a whitening toothpaste, there are also many whitening options available.

Do I Really Need To Floss?

The short answer is yes. A lot of people don't think they need to because their teeth are healthy and there's no visible plaque or tartar buildup on the surface; but this is false, because if any food particles get embedded in between your teeth, they can eventually lead to cavities and gum disease.

What Are The Benefits Of Flossing?

Flossing removes the plaque, food particles and bacteria that gets stuck between teeth where toothbrushes can’t reach. Flossing also helps prevent tooth decay, which can progress to fillings, or more serious conditions like gum disease or result in the loss of teeth.

How Do You Know If You Are Brushing Too Hard?

It's easy to brush too hard - you'll know if you are because your gums will start to bleed. Brushing too hard can also wear down your teeth and make them more sensitive to hot and cold. If you're not sure if you're brushing too hard, ask your dentist - they can help show you the right way to brush your teeth so that you don't damage them.

Should You Rinse Your Mouth Out After Brushing?

By rinsing immediately after brushing your teeth, you are removing the fluoride that is working to protect your teeth. Fluoride needs some time to absorb into your teeth to be its most effective. This can also help improve sensitive teeth. Instead, just try spitting out any excess after brushing. If you have been rinsing this may take some adjustment. Make sure you are using a pea-sized amount of toothpaste to avoid overdoing it.

Should I Be Using Mouthwash?

Mouthwash is a great way to keep your mouth clean and healthy. It helps to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth and gums, and it can also help to freshen your breath. Just be sure to choose one that's alcohol-free. Keep in mind that using mouthwash doesn’t replace the need to brush and floss!

Questions About Your Teeth

What does a cavity look like?

Cavities are typically seen as white or yellow spots on your teeth, and they're not always easy to detect without some kind of professional help (like getting x-rays). If you do have a cavity however, the colour can depend upon how deep it is; if it's shallow then it's usually just white/yellowish but if it's really deep then it might be black because blood has seeped into it.

Do Teeth Need Flouride?

Yes, teeth need fluoride to prevent cavities and tooth decay. Fluoride is a mineral that strengthens tooth enamel by filling in the microscopic pits and valleys where bacteria can penetrate it easily. Fluoride also reduces acid production within the mouth which helps protect teeth against erosion. 

How Can I Get Whiter Teeth?

There are multiple ways of getting whiter teeth. The simplest method is to use whitening toothpaste. If this is not enough, we offer in-chair and take-home whitening treatments that can be really effective. Check out our teeth whitening page to find out more.

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. They are called wisdom teeth because they usually come in after a person has completed most of their growth and is presumably more mature or wise. Some people never get wisdom teeth, some only get one set, and others get all four. Most people have them removed because they can cause problems like pain, infection, and crowding of other teeth. If yours are giving you trouble, check out our information on Wisdom Teeth removal

Does Oral Health Affect Overall Health

There are studies showing links between good oral health and good overall health, particularly cardiovascular health, and preventing heart disease. By maintaining a healthy mouth, you can help the rest of your body stay healthy!

Dental Problems And Concerns

How Can I Tell If I Have Gingivitis?

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums. It's typically caused by bacteria that accumulate on the teeth and gums, and it can lead to gum disease if left untreated. The most common symptoms of gingivitis are red, swollen, and bleeding gums. You may also notice a bad taste in your mouth or bad breath. If you think you may have gingivitis, see your dentist as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment.

How Can I Prevent Cavities?

There are a few things you can do to help prevent cavities:
-Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
-Floss at least once a day
-See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings

What Are Early Signs Of Dental Problems?

Some early signs of dental problems are tooth sensitivity, a change in the way your teeth fit together (due to wear or loss), and trouble chewing food. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's best to visit the dentist for diagnosis and treatment planning. The earlier dental issues are detected and treated, the easier it will be to avoid more serious complications.

What Is Gum Disease?

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious infection that affects the gums and the bone that supports your teeth. It's caused by bacteria that form plaque on your teeth. If plaque isn't removed through brushing and flossing, it hardens into tartar. The bacteria in tartar can damage your gums and bone, and eventually lead to tooth loss. Symptoms of gum disease include red, swollen, or bleeding gums; bad breath; receding gums; loose teeth; pain when chewing; and pus between your teeth and gums. If you have any of these symptoms, see your dentist right away.

Seeing The Dentist

At What Age Should Children Go To The Dentist?

We recommend booking your child in to see the dentist when they get their first tooth. This helps your child get used to the dentist, and can lessen dental anxiety later in life. For more information on children’s dentistry, or how King Street Dental is set-up to provide the best experience for your child, give our children’s dentistry page a read.

Why Do I Need Dental Check-Ups?

Dental check-ups are important because they can identify potential problems early on. For example, if you have a tooth that is infected it will cause bad breath and other issues that could develop into an abscess or more serious dental problem. By catching these infections before they become too big to treat, your dentist can help prevent them from ever happening in the first place! Another reason for regular check-ups is preventive dentistry - this includes routine exams and fluoride treatments which help keep teeth and mouth healthy and happy. You can read more about our dental check-ups here.

How Often Should I See The Dentist?

Some early signs of dental problems are tooth sensitivity, a change in the way your teeth fit together (due to wear or loss), and trouble chewing food. If you experience any of these symptoms, it's best to visit the dentist for diagnosis and treatment planning. The earlier dental issues are detected and treated, the easier it will be to avoid more serious complications.

Will The Dentists Remove or extract my teeth?

Yes, but only if we have to! Dentists remove or extract teeth in order to improve the appearance of your smile and/or correct an oral problem. A dental extraction is a surgical procedure that removes one or more entire teeth from the mouth, usually as a result of injury, infection, extreme crowding, severe periodontal disease, trauma due to sports injuries, or wisdom teeth causing pain or discomfort.

Extractions are most often done when other treatments don't work well enough on their own. We explore all options when providing dental treatment, and keep you informed and aware of what’s going on, what your options are and how we recommend you proceed.